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Fox Sports hires David Ortiz as studio baseball analyst

Alex Reimer
June 25, 2018 - 1:04 pm

When David Ortiz retired, it seemed to be a foregone conclusion he would enter the world of broadcasting. The colorful slugger was one of the most charismatic players of his era and forged close relationships throughout the game. Ortiz seemed to be the perfect fit for sports punditry. 

While Ortiz contributed to Fox's postseason coverage last year, he largely stayed out of the spotlight. But that is about to change. Ortiz has signed a multi-year deal with Fox Sports, the network announced Monday. The Red Sox great will contribute to Fox's spring training, regular season, All-Star Game, postseason and World Series coverage from the studio. His season debut will be during the network’s coverage of the All-Star Game next month.

“I had a lot of fun working for Fox Sports during the postseason last year and am pumped up to get back in the studio, Ortiz says in the press release.

Unlike Alex Rodriguez, who immediately stood out as an analyst when Fox brought him aboard in 2015, Ortiz’s appearances on the network’s postseason studio shows were mostly forgettable. The affable personality is there, but right now, the substance isn’t. 

That could change with more reps, of course. Ortiz will get them now. 

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